Thursday, April 21, 2016

DNA Day Sale: FamilyTree DNA Sale on Autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests

Second out of the starting gate for 2016 DNA Day Sales is Family Tree DNA.

The 2016 Family Tree DNA Day Sale involves a variety of DNA tests and has been extended until April 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm Central Time. The sale pricing does not include any taxes and shipping, which is usually under $10.

So which tests are on sale?

Autosomal Test
Family Finder is now $79, regularly $99

Y-DNA Tests (male-only, father's line)
Y37 test is now $129, regularly $169
Y67 test is now $199, regularly $268
Y111 test is now $289, regularly $359

mtDNA Tests (male or female, mother's line)
mtFull Sequence test is now $149, regularly $199

Some of our previous posts can explain a little bit about the difference between autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Click the labels to the left using either DNA, DNA Day, FamilyTreeDNA or AncestryDNA.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

May 11th MCGG & Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is Genealogy Help & Open House Join Us from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) will hold a Genealogy Help & Open House in the Genealogy & Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library.

So come for a few hours of socializing and helping each other. If you have a laptop feel free to bring it to use the library's in-house resources and pick up some tips and tricks. For those attendees able to walk up and down the stairs, we will also have the MCGG Special Collection area open for use and have additional help along with Cookies and Refreshments in the Auditorium downstairs. (The elevator is out of service.) 

MCGG members and anyone who is curious about researching their family tree are welcome to attend.

This is a joint meeting of the MCGG Friday and Wednesday Let's Talk...Genealogy groups.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

DNA Day 2016 Sale: AncestryDNA Tests on Sale for $79 until April 26, 2016 -- 20% off

originally posted April 20, 2016, at 11:10 p.m. ET

It is that time of year again, DNA Day, April 25, 2016.

First out of the gate is AncestryDNA with a DNA Day sale of $79 plus about $9.95 shipping and handling. That is 20 percent off the regular price of $99. Sale ends April 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. AncestryDNA is an Autosomal DNA test that anyone can take and compare to anyone else.

Some people are having success with the coupon code FREESHIPDNA listed at so give it a try to see if works for you.

Want to save some money getting your test into two different DNA match pools? You can download your AncestryDNA test data (when the results are in) and do an autosomal data transfer to FamilyTreeDNA. The initial autosomal transfer is free which lets you see your top twenty matches. To unlock the transfer to see and do everything you can with autosomal tests (called FamilyFinder at FamilyTree DNA) it costs just $39. So with a good sale of AncestryDNA and the low transfer cost, you end up at two DNA tests sites for just a little more than the cost of one test at the regular price.

When I see any other DNA sales announced I'll let you know.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

New Books in Genealogy & Local History Room at Mt. Clemens Public Library

The New Books Shelf is just to your right when entering
MCPL's Genealogy & Local History Room.
Have you visited the Genealogy & Local History Room at Mount Clemens Public Library lately? If so, did you notice that the New Books Shelf by the door has had some occupants the last few weeks?

For those interested in early Massachusetts; Lyme, Connecticut; or Columbia, Greene, Orange, Schoharie or Ulster counties in New York you might want to come in and take a look. Some of these new to the library titles are:

  • Freemen of Massachusetts 1630-1691
  • Connecticut Nutmeggers Who Migrated
  • Vital Records of Lyme, Connecticut, to 1859
  • Marriages: 1st Reformed Church, 2nd Reformed Church Coxsackie, NY
  • Marriages: Reformed Church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schoharie, NY
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schoharie, NY
  • Reformed Church, Coxsackie, NY
  • Reformed Church, Kinderhook, NY
  • Reformed Church, Schoharie, NY
  • Reformed Dutch Church of New Paltz [NY]
  • Family Cemeteries Wright Schoharie County, New York
  • Linthigo Reformed Church, Livingston, NY
  • Parish St. Anne de Centreville Baptisms -- Burials
  • Reformed Church at Machackemack (Deerpark), Orange County, New York
  • Souvenir History of Niagara County, New York
  • Marriages: Reformed Church, Claverack, NY
There are about two or three other books whose titles I can not remember and whose spines can not be read in the above title. So if these books cover your area, do not forget to add them to your To-Do List for when you visit the library.
See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Friday, April 15, 2016

What is New Out There Now?

NYC Marriage Records Index
The large genealogy websites out there are not the only places indexes and actual digitized records exist. Here are a few recently released record and/or index collections for various locations.

Index to the New York City Clerk's Office Marriage Records
Earlier this week the National Genealogical Society reported that the "fruits" of Reclaim the Records successful petition filed at the Supreme Court of the State of New York for vital records access have been released on the Internet Archive website as the NYC Marriage Index.

At this time, 39 of 48 microfilm have been digitized and are now available for free. This includes: Manhattan 1908-1929, Brookyn 1908-1929, Bronx 1914-1917. To come are: Bronx 1918-1929, Queens 1908-1930, and Staten Island 1908-1938.

Read the intro page to each particular index. There are instructions that give you exact details of how to place an order.

Kings County, New Brunswick, Death Index 1897-1936
The blog site, Genealogy a la carte, reported this week that the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick's newest database for Kings County is Kings County Record Newspaper: Death Index , 1897-1936. This is an index to just over 11,000 deaths published in the newspaper. Note: the date given in the index is the publication date, not the death date. Also, for copy of the newspaper item you will have to locate the microfilm at an archive or library.

Historical Maps of Nova Scotia
Also from the blog site, Genealogy a la carte, we learned that the Nova Scotia Archives has an online collection of Historical Maps of Nova Scotia. The maps and plans in the collection span the time frame from the 1700s to 1900s. More additions to the collection are planned.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!


NEHGS's Extends Free Access Offer Until April 20, 2016

Free Access Extended Until April 20th
Earlier this week, the website announced that it has extended its free access to its entire website through April 20, 2016. There's about a billion records waiting for you!

To access the free databases at the New England Historic Genealogical Society's website simply create a free guest user account if you do not already have one. If you are an NEGHS member, simply sign into your account.

Registered guest users get access to a limited suite of databases; access to webinars, how-to videos and downloads; and can make purchases from the online store. Did you know that guest users also get free access to other new databases for the first 30 days that database is online? There are lots of great reasons to register as a guest user or become a member of the NEHGS society. 

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

This Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genelaogy topic is A Genealogy Genie Grants You ONE Wish, What Would It Be and Why?

originally posted April 8, 2016 at 6:34 p.m. ET.

This Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is A Genealogy Genie Grants You ONE Wish, What Would It Be and Why?

Everyone gets a turn! It will be interesting to hear everyone's answers. If you have a genealogy problem/question we should have time to share and help with those too.

New attendees are always welcome.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!